. it has been an emotional day for fans and family and friends of chuck brown. thousands pack to the washington convention center for today oppose the memorial. it was anything but a funeral. sam ford is live at the convention center to tell us how he got them wound up one more time. >> a day of great music funny stories, hilarious jokes, and general good feeling about a man named jack brown. he died may 16. -- named chuck brown. you can see it the way the fans turned out today. they came to party for chuck. they wound down the street and around the convention center waiting to get in and they were ready. same story inside. >> why me up, chuck. >> with the casket up front somewhere between 10,000 people and 12,000 people packed the convention center. >> it is one big party. >> musicians perform comedians kept one-liners coming. >> when can i get some more of that? >> he said let me get marion barry on the phone real quick. >>barry was a celebrity hero himself. -- celebrity here himself. his daughter said this is how he wanted it. >> one thing he did not when you do was crying.